13 February 2008

The Power of the Gospel

"He bought the house of his former owner where he was raised, and he lived in it for the rest of his life," Rowland said. "One of the most interesting episodes in that house was when Mrs. McKee, who was the former owner of the house -- elderly, somewhat impoverished, and apparently somewhat addled in the head -- returned to her home to stay.

Robert Smalls owned the house, and his family was living there; and rather than turn her away, Robert Smalls brought her into the house, put her up in the bedroom that had been her bedroom before the Civil War, and served her." Smalls died in 1915 at the age of 76.

"Religion was a part of his life," Billingsley said. "It wasn't that he spoke about it all the time, but the way he acted and the things he did were reflective of that."

I was somewhat familiar with the story of Robert Smalls and his daring escape from Charleston, South Carolina. I watched a dramatization of his escape on PBS the other night. It is quite a story and Smalls was an amazing man who lived his religion.

Full story here.


Lawrence Underwood said...

Thank you for posting these little known bits of our religious history. We were just in the Low Country a few weeks ago. I was struck by the deep faith of many of the folks I met. The Gullah culture is a fascinating culture. The interweaving of Christian faith there that I was able to hear from some of the men and women I met was interesting and priceless.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

And thank you for reading Lawrence. Yes, their culture is fascinating but, sadly, like so much of the South's rich cultural heritage, it is disappearing.